Arlesey held at home by Leighton

PUBLISHED: 15:53 10 January 2011

Zema Abbey

Zema Abbey


Zema Abbey on target in 1-1 draw

Arlesey Town 1 Leighton Town 1

Zamaretto Division One Central

Arlesey registered their second draw in a week after being held at home by Leighton Town.

In front of a slightly larger crowd than normal, Arlesey started strongly with Adam Watkins firing the ball after linking up with striker Harry Hunt before the same player showed the sort of skill that currently has him on Luton Town’s books to beat two defenders before the ball was ushered out for a corner which was cleared.

As the pitch started to cut up Arlesey were controlling the game and dominating possession but were unable to deliver killer balls into the box.

That was until the 21st minute when a long ball in from Joe Reynolds saw Leighton goalkeeper Kevin Marsh mis-punch only for the ball to drop to Zema Abbey to fire home past the ‘keeper and defender Stuart Deacon who was booked for handling the ball on its way into the goal.

Leighton tried to get back into the game but were stifled by their hosts whose Watkins forced a good save from Marsh low down.

Leighton started the second half with much more purpose and a good ball in from the left found Liam Howley in a good position in the centre but his hurried shot went over the bar.

David Perpetuini gained a yellow card for a foul as Leighton pushed on, and from the free kick the ball was headed through the crowd for Hayward to pull the ball down well.

With Leighton now playing much better they gradually pushed Arlesey back with the hosts replacing Hunt with ex-Leighton favourite Aston Goss.

A Leighton corner from the right was initially cleared but was then drilled back into the danger area, and Richard Hayward did well to come out quickly and block the ball with his body and clear the danger.

With Leighton gaining momentum a deep cross in from the left found Lewis McBride in the box. His shot was initially saved by Hayward at his near post but the ball came back quickly to McBride and Goss who was trying to tackle him and the ball came off possibly a combination of both of them to squeeze back past Hayward for the equaliser.

Leighton were now growing in confidence and McBride again showed good skills in seeing Hayward slightly off his line put in a good deep chip that had the Arlesey ‘keeper back peddling to take the ball just under his cross bar.

In the last moments Leighton replaced Jake Bewley with Nick McFarlane but the game had just about run it’s course and the referee blew up for full time.

Arlesey Town: Hayward, Sagwete (Seanla 86), Perpetuini, Gray, Brown, Sinclair, Watkins, Reynolds (Mason 77), Abbey, Hunt (Goss 65), Marsh. Subs: M Leach, Seanla, Ender.

Attendance: 151

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